Judge bars audio experts from George Zimmerman trial who say screams were not Zimmerman
In a major victory for murder suspect George Zimmerman, a judge today ruled that prosecutors may not put on the witness stand two state audio experts who say the voice heard screaming in the background of a 911 call was someone other than Zimmerman.
The judge had heard three days of testimony about the science used by the state’s experts and ruled that it failed to meet Florida’s legal standard.
One of the experts, Alan R. Reich, had concluded the voice he identified as Trayvon is heard yelling “I’m begging you” and “stop.” The other, Tom Owen, says he ruled Zimmerman out as the screamer with biometric software.
Defense experts had challenged their findings, testifying that using the screams to identify someone is impossible, and the science used by the state shouldn’t be trusted. One, FBI analyst Hirotaka Nakasone, said he was “disturbed” by the state experts’ reports.